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'I am a child with education and knowledge': Karen migrant and refugee children's daily life experiences in Thailand

A masters thesis about Karen migrant and refugee children’s daily life experiences in Thailand. One urban school for migrant children and one rural refugee camp school served as research sites in Thailand. The study explores the daily life experiences of children aged 8 – 13, with main focus on their school life. Various methods such as observation, essay writing, drawing and photography were used in order to search for the children’s own perspectives on their life worlds. The thesis highlights the meaning of school from the children’s perspectives, as well as issues of social relationship, place identity and national identity. The study found that the migrant children and the refugee children lived different lives, and consequently perceived their lives differently. The research also found that the refugee camp children appeared to be more engaged with ideas about the ‘Karen nation’. However, their understanding of the Karen nation seemed to be more connected to local place than to their ‘homeland’, Karen state in Burma.

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Field Value
Document type Reports, journal articles, and research papers (including theses and dissertations)
Language of document
  • English
  • Ethnic minorities and indigenous people
  • Ethnic minorities and indigenous people policy and rights
  • Ethnic minorities and indigenous people profiles
Geographic area (spatial range)
  • Thailand
  • Myanmar
Copyright Unclear copyright
Version / Edition 1.0
License unspecified
Author (individual) Engan, Laila
Publication place Norway
Publisher Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Publication date 2012
Date uploaded June 17, 2015, 09:41 (UTC)
Date modified January 7, 2016, 23:57 (UTC)